Medical Laboratory Technician
Professionals employed in the field of medical laboratory technology are an indispensable part of the health care team. Using samples from many kinds of human specimens, laboratorians perform determinations and analyses that physicians use to maintain health or to diagnose and treat disease. Testing involves operating sophisticated instruments, identifying microscopic organisms, using deceptively simple kits and performing complicated assays. Laboratory work requires technical expertise and attention to detail. A laboratory professional not only performs the testing but also recognizes disease states. With their specialized training, medical laboratory technicians provide the health care team with the most accurate results available.
MACC’s MLT program prepares you to work successfully in many environments. The program graduate is eligible to take the American Society of Clinical Pathologists (ASCP) certifying examination. Core requirements of this program prepare graduates to transfer to a four-year program.
Many career opportunities are open to medical laboratory technicians, for example:
- Staffing hospital, private, and public health laboratories;
- Specialized positions in hematology, clinical chemistry, clinical microbiology, parasitology, mycology, virology, serology, blood banking, hemostasis, toxicology, or molecular biology;
- Research and development of new test procedures, products, and equipment;
- Research and quality control in industry positions;
- Sales distribution of pharmaceuticals or laboratory products;
- Forensic laboratories;
- Education and training programs for medical laboratories;
- Technical specialists to teach new procedures and instrumentation.
Equal opportunities exist for men and women.
MACC's MLT program graduates have a 100% job placement rate for the last 5 years.